Catherine Woulfe

Catherine Woulfe is the editor of The Spinoff Books. She is an award-winning news and features journalist, and longtime books obsessive. She welcomes pitches of essays or reviews at catherinewoulfe@thespinoff.co.nz

Books
Sep 16, 2021
A young woman submerged in water up to her shoulders, dark water, outdoors, sun on her face, absolutely radiant

An ecstatic review of the new essay collection by Nina Mingya Powles

She's one of our finest poets – and her essays are breathtaking.

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Books
Sep 9, 2021

Hands off our Hairy Maclary!

This good boy belongs to us, obviously.

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Books
Sep 1, 2021
Drawing of a cool little mascot dude popping out of a book giving the peace sign; background is a huge number three, white on orange

The Spinoff Book Report #3

You lucky lucky level-three inhabitants.

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Books
Aug 21, 2021

Ode to my Kobo, the midnight snack of reading

By day books editor Catherine Woulfe reads actual book-books. At night it’s a different story. 

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Aug 11, 2021
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Aug 5, 2021
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Jul 27, 2021

The Spinoff Book Report #2

Seven books we're loving right now.

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Books
Jul 17, 2021

Rooney incoming

We're on the cusp of another Age of Rooney.

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Books
Jul 5, 2021

The case for more joy, beauty and outlandishness in NZ children’s books

Analysis of this year's children's book awards shortlist, plus a celebration of two brilliant books that missed out.

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Books
Jun 25, 2021

Every pudding in the Edmonds cookbook, cooked and ranked

The chocolate self-saucing pudding did not come out well.

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Books
May 17, 2021
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May 14, 2021

Chinese censors refuse publication of NZ union leader Helen Kelly’s story

She is one of the most beloved socialist figures in New Zealand. Chinese printers said: 'We will cancel this title.'

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Society
Apr 23, 2021

Auckland’s new school zones: ‘We feel like we’re being kicked out of our community’

How did we end up with a school system, with a social infrastructure, that splits up siblings when they’re five and nine? 

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Books
Apr 16, 2021

Ben can read

He was another little boy deciding books weren't for him. And then, he wasn't.

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Books
Apr 11, 2021
Books
Mar 20, 2021

The Spinoff Book Report #1

Nine books that come highly recommended (by us).

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Books
Mar 3, 2021

Ockham NZ Book Awards shortlist, 2021: the brutal cull, revealed – plus, our pick for the win

179 entered; 40 made the longlist; 24 of those just bit the award dust. Here are the 16 that remain, with bonus analysis.

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Books
Feb 10, 2021

The pandemic novel that’s about to be a phenomenon

The new virus was said to have a 100% kill rate. But it left one woman standing.

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Books
Dec 28, 2020

A sincere appreciation of The Hunger Games

On the release of a new Hunger Games novel, we looked back and marvelled.

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Books
Dec 15, 2020

Twenty books that were a tonic in 2020

In which we throw convention to the wind and simply tell you what we loved – and they're all local.

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Books
Dec 11, 2020

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending 10 December

What were you buying as we hit December double digits?

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Books
Dec 2, 2020

The type machine: A review of Tom Sainsbury’s Field Guide

He's one of our best-known comics. Why didn't he write a better book?

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Books
Oct 10, 2020

Victory Park is the book you’ll want to give to the ones you love

Victory Park is the first novel from Mākaro Press since August 2019, when they put out a little book called Auē.

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Books
Aug 30, 2020

Eileen Merriman’s new novel is sharp, sensual and her finest yet

Quite possibly the best NZ novel of the year, according to our books editor.

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